Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is accusing Russia’s state-run vitality firm of making an attempt to “shackle” European international locations and punishing them with excessive gasoline costs for backing Ukraine in opposition to Moscow’s invasion.
Zelensky, in a speech Thursday, referred to as for European international locations to finish their dependence on Russian vitality. Zelensky’s remarks come as Russia’s Gazprom minimize the circulate of pure gasoline to Europe twice this week, a transfer critics say was a politically calculated transfer by the Kremlin.
A key benchmark for European gasoline futures costs rose above 120 Euros per megawatt hour on Thursday, a 32 % enhance from final month, in accordance with Buying and selling Economics.
Gazprom stated on Tuesday it must minimize the quantity of pure gasoline deliberate to circulate by way of the Nord Stream pipeline to Europe from 167 million cubic meters per day to 100 million. Gazprom deliberate the discount on what it referred to as a “failure by Germany’s Siemens to return gasoline compressor models (GCUs) in due time after their restore,” amongst different causes.
Gazprom stated a day later that it will shut down one other Siemens gasoline turbine at its Portovaya compressor station, decreasing the provides by way of the pipeline to 67 million cubic meters per day.
“I consider that it’s not a coincidence that the state of affairs with gasoline in Europe has worsened at this time—the value has jumped once more,” Zelensky stated Thursday. “Russia has achieved this on goal, limiting provides to hurt Europe, to strike at Europeans.”
Zelensky added that, “Gazprom is solely pulling on the gasoline chain wherein they’ve been making an attempt to shackle Europe for a very long time.” He stated the state of affairs is “one other argument in favor of the truth that Europe should now change to life with out Russian gasoline. There needs to be no such dependence.”
In response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Union countered with financial sanctions in opposition to Russia. Nevertheless, the EU has remained depending on Russian pure gasoline.
The EU imported 155 billion cubic meters of pure gasoline from Russia in 2021, in accordance with the Worldwide Power Company, accounting for round 45 % of EU gasoline imports and near 40 % of its whole gasoline consumption.
Germany’s Financial system Minister Robert Habeck on Wednesday stated throughout a press convention that the discount in gasoline provide volumes was politically motivated, dismissing the official clarification that the issues had been technical.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday informed reporters there was “nothing deliberate” in regards to the actions taken by Gazprom to scale back gasoline provides to Europe, in accordance with Russian state-owned information company TASS.
“There may be nothing deliberate there, this can be a downside that isn’t linked with us,” Peskov stated, chalking up the discount in capability to the issues with generators.
Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller on Thursday additionally stated there’s “there isn’t any method to resolve the issue occurred on the Portovaya compressor station,” in accordance with TASS.